We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Kylie Minogue, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the Australian singer and musician that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: She Loves Etta James. Minogue has even said that Etta James’ “A Sunday Kind Of Love” is one of her favorite songs.
Number Seven: She Inspired a Musical. In 2001, a musical titled I Should Be So Lucky premiered in Minogue’s hometown of Melbourne, Australia. The musical was part of Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival.
Number Six: She Improved Australia’s Health. Well, sort of. Minogue publicly battled breast cancer, and because of her public battle, doctors reported that the number of mammograms performed in Australia increased by an impressive 40 percent. This phenomenon was subsequently called “the Kylie effect.”
Number Five: She Was in Moulin Rouge!. You might recognize Minogue as the ethereal green fairy in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!, but did you know she was almost replaced by Ozzy Osbourne? Her character was originally going to be a muscular man with a sitar.
Number Four: She Met Her Stylist by Accident. Minogue met her creative director and stylist William Baker in a Vivienne Westwood boutique! The two were in Westwood’s flagship boutique in London – Baker was working as a sales assistant and Minogue was shopping – when they began talking. The rest is history.
Number Three: Paula Abdul Helped Launch Her Comeback. Minogue made a serious comeback in 2000 with “Spinning Around,” but did you know that the single was co-written by Paula Abdul? The song was originally written to help re-launch Abdul’s own career, but it ended up helping Minogue’s.
Number Two: She Has Four Wax Figures in Madame Tussauds. It’s true! Madame Tussauds has created four different figures of Minogue in various likenesses. The only person to have had more wax figures is the Queen of England.
Number One: She Has a Special Connection to Australia. No, not because she was born there! The name “Kylie” actual means boomerang in the Aboriginal language.